WIRES Mid-South Coast Asks Owners To Keep Pets On Leashes In Response To Dog Attacks On Native Animals | Narooma news
WIRES Mid-South Coast urgently urged dog owners to keep their pets on a leash during bush walks, after the agency responded to a number of calls for wild animals injured in attacks of dogs.
In March, WIRES got a call when a young kangaroo was attacked by a greyhound in Kioloa, but was dead by the time a rescuer arrived.
Until July 2019, all NSW pet greyhounds were legally required to wear a muzzle in public unless they had completed an approved recycling program.
But, this was changed as part of “the government’s commitment to improve living standards and reintegration rates for greyhounds.”
Registered pet greyhounds no longer need to wear a muzzle unless they are in an off-leash area and have not completed approved training.
Greyhounds aren’t the only dogs attacking wildlife, and WIRES has responded to other calls, including for a brushtail opossum in Moruya that had to be euthanized.
Animals that are prone to attacks from dogs can also die of shock or infection from the injuries inflicted.
While these injuries don’t seem too bad at first glance, it’s important to call WIRES on 1300 094 737 or get them to a vet as soon as possible.
This is why it is important for owners to keep their dogs on a leash when they are away from home.
Penalties of up to $ 10,000 apply to any dog owner in NSW if their dog “runs into, attacks, bites, harasses or pursues any person or animal (other than vermin), whether the person or animal is injured or not ”.
If the attack is “the result of a reckless act or omission on the part of the owner of the dog or another person in charge of the dog at the time of the attack”, the penalty can be up to $ 22,000 and / or up to 2 years in prison.